Music Performance Schedule
We are pleased to present a range of music performances from some of the pre-eminent rock, jazz, Latin, country and folk groups in the tri-state area!
Saturday, June 3rd
8:30 – 10:00 pm – Circle of Trust Band – Zack Leffand/Ben Davis @ the Main Stage (parking lot opposite Lollipop Land) - Metuchen Rocks Concert Series
The Circle of Trust Band is made up of some of New Jersey’s finest veteran musicians who have a long history of coming together to make music for a variety of local audiences throughout New Jersey and New York City. Their music combines deep rock roots with traditional blues and soul music, complementing their deeply felt performances of standards and original compositions.
Saturday, June 10th
8:30 – 10:00 - The Lonesome Pines @ the Main Stage (parking lot opposite Lollipop Land) - Metuchen Rocks Concert Series
The Lonesome Pines is a musical project with a repertoire ranging from roots-based Alt Country originals to traditional acoustic Americana. The instrumentation is squarely rooted in rock and country vein, featuring acoustic and electric guitars, violin, mandolin, bass, drums, and the musicianship is of the highest order.
Saturday, June 17th
8:30 - 10:00 - David Cedeno’s Salsa Orchestra - 12-piece salsa band @ the Main Stage (corner of Main Street & Hillside Avenue) - Metuchen Rocks Concert Series
Together with his passion for music, David Cedeno and his Orchestra thrill audiences locally and internationally with their exciting arrangements of Latin Salsa, Latin Jazz, meringue, ballads and waltzes. His concerts are definitely interactive with audience participation in dance lines and prizes for the best Salsa dancing.
Saturday, June 24th
8:30 – 10:00 pm - Conrad Herwig Quintet - Jazz performance @ the Main Stage (parking lot opposite Lollipop Land) - Metuchen Rocks Concert Series
Rutgers University-New Brunswick’s finest internationally known jazz musicians are represented in this quintet: Conrad Herwig performs on trombone; Abraham Burton on tenor saxophone; Marc Stasio on piano; Kenny Davis, bass and Robby Ameen, drums. Expect to hear jazz standards and some tunes bending to the Latin Side of Jazz.
New York-based jazz trombonist Conrad Herwig is considered one of the world’s complete jazz musicians, atop both the performing and jazz educational fields with an abundance of composer and arranger credits, as well. To date, he has released 20 recordings as a leader in addition to contributing to nearly 200 other recording sessions with some of the most notable artists in jazz. He has performed and recorded with Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Frank Sinatra, Joe Lovano and Tom Harrell, among many others.
8:00 pm doors open - “End of Junebug” Concert @ Old Franklin Schoolhouse (491 Middlesex Avenue)
- 10:00 pm - Lowlight: This 5-piece band plays mostly in the Asbury Park and New Brunswick scenes and released its first cd, “Where Do We Go From Here” last year. The band, who is considered by some to be Alt-Country, (although they feel at home doing the odd David Bowie, Bob Dylan or Stevie Nicks cover amongst the mostly originals), are a bit difficult to categorize due to the addition of synthesizer/electronic keyboard. Recently they have opened for the Pretenders twice, at the request of Chrissie Hynde. With two of the members hailing from Metuchen, they consider the Schoolhouse to be a second home for the band.
Junebug main stage concerts are part of The METUCHEN ROCKS! Summer Concert Series, which is sponsored by the Metuchen Arts Council and Metuchen Recreation Department with generous support from the Metuchen Savings Bank. It is also funded in part by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholder and Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission with assistance through a grant provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Dept. of State.